May 2010

Talk of the Sound Roundup

May 10, 2010 - 19:44

Yonkers Tribune: Cohen Nominated as Republican Candidate for New York State Senate

At a special nominating convention held tonight Bob Cohen, a 55-year old real estate professional from Scarsdale, was nominated as the Republican candidate for New York State Senate in the 37th District. At the convention Cohen promised to bring change and common sense to the most dysfunctional state legislature in America. Cohen will take on incumbent Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D), a 26-year member of the legislature who is seeking her 14th term.

'GreeNR' Transportation Is Central in New Rochelle Sustainability Plan

On Earth Day, New Rochelle released “GreeNR,” a citywide sustainability plan that addresses everything from decreasing energy use to increasing public participation — and puts plenty of emphasis on green transportation.

Monroe College May Suffer Under New Obama Education Policy

May 10, 2010 - 19:22

Monroe College.jpgBusinessWeek: Obama Plans New Rules as For-Profit Colleges Mobilize:

The Obama Administration is gearing up to produce tougher regulations that may reduce the amount of federal financial aid flowing to for-profit colleges, cutting the companies’ annual revenue growth by as much as a third...Federal aid to for-profit colleges has become an issue as it has jumped to $26.5 billion in 2009 from $4.6 billion in 2000, according to the Education Department, prompting concern that these students are taking on too much debt.

Monroe College, based in New Rochelle, is a for-profit enterprise that relies heavily on Pell Grants and other forms of government funding paid out to students who then enroll in Monroe College. The school has expanded rapidly in New Rochelle and recently entered into discussions about the possibility of housings its men's basketball program in a the New Rochelle Armory

TONIGHT 7:15 PM: New Rochelle Board of Education Candidate Forum at Public Libary

May 10, 2010 - 18:03

B5499C27-1249-4A6C-A409-738F023AFC61.jpgThe League of Women Voters candidate forum for the May 18 School & Library Election will be held tonight at 7:15 PM at the New Rochelle Public Library.

School Board Candidates:

Jerome Smith - current board member, 15 years on the board, retired from IBM, tax records indicate Smith no longer has a primary residence in New Rochelle.

Valerie Orellana - current Co-President of the PTA Council along with teachers union President Martin Daly, recently discovered to have received a possibly illegal email from Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak who appears to have engaged in improper advocacy in a school election.

Lianne Merchant - former member of the New Rochelle Library's Board of Trustees.

Why Does City of New Rochelle Effectively Block the Property Portal, Online Forms and City Code from 40% of Internet Users?

May 10, 2010 - 17:31


Ars Technica, a widely respected tech blog, is reporting that usage of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser continues to drop, falling to just 60% after many years above 90% of all Internet users.

Unfortunately, the City of New Rochelle relies on a company called NY GIS Group which has been promising for more than a year now that it would update their services to allow non-IE users to access information they host for the City of New Rochelle. Despite past promises, they have failed to do so with the result that a significant portion of Internet users are unable to access critical information such as the City Code of New Rochelle, the online Property Portal and more.

With Microsoft having discontinued the Internet Explorer for the Mac, the City is blocking 100% of mac users. Further, there appears to be no mobile options so users of iPhones, Android and other popular mobile devices are also blocked.

This has nothing to do with the recently updated web site.

Brother Leto Says Farewell to Hendricken, Prepares to Take Helm at Iona Prep

May 10, 2010 - 17:11

Brother Thomas Leto Iona Prep.jpgWarrick Beacon reports on departure of Brother Leto from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island.

“It has been a great 11 years. So many have come together based on spiritual values,” he said.

Asked if there is one student who stands out in those years, Brother Leto paused. He picked Rocco Baldelli as epitomizing the Hendricken athlete. But then he broadened his scope to embrace what he sees as the best of Hendricken students. He listed those attributes as kindness, generosity of spirit, graciousness, humility and a sense of self.

They are words others use to describe Brother Leto.

Cappelli: Show New Rochelle Residents Your New Roc Contracts

May 10, 2010 - 16:38

Why did Louis Cappelli's organization release news to the Yonkers Tribune that the contract with Target in New Rochelle's New Roc had expired? Geoff Thompson, the spokesman, blamed it on the bank not approving the transactions and said "as a result construction on a new retail space in New Roc City could not commence by the committed date of March 31." He claimed Target requested that the contract remain open until May adding there was another prominent retail company under discussion. More curious is the date of this press release which was one day after the New Rochelle IDA (Industrial Development Agency) meeting. If another retail business is under discussion, why isn't the New Rochelle City Council and IDA being consulted?

Many people in New Rochelle cheered when they were told by Cappelli that he would bring Target and Kohl's to New Roc. The IDA granted a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) with the specific stipulation that it would not be granted until Cappelli is issued and pays for a building permit. Consequently the original IDA PILOT for New Roc which calls for escalating higher PILOT payments each year to the City for the next five years is now in effect.

The question remains: did the City's agreement with Cappelli for Target and Kohl's run out or is this Cappelli's business agreement with these retailers?

City School District of New Rochelle Superintendent Vows to do Less With More!

May 07, 2010 - 21:59

EDITOR'S NOTE: The NRED web site was updated this morning so that the line in question now reads "challenge us to try to do more with less".

Richard Organisciak shares with the world what is really lurking in his head via a Freudian slip. You can read all about it in City School District of New Rochelle website here:

We predict that his "faux pas" will be corrected shortly after we publish this post. Therefore, we have conveniently made it available in pdf format for your reading enjoyment here: City School District of New Rochelle - From the Superintendent.pdf

Please note that in the final paragraph of his message, Mr. Organisciak states:

Volunteers Needed for 2010 Memorial Day Parade - Meeting Date Set for May 10

May 07, 2010 - 21:03

flag.jpgMonday May 10th with be the volunteer meeting for the New Rochelle 2010 Memorial Day Parade.

If you are interested in helping in any way come by and we can put your time to good use.

The Volunteer meeting with take place at 7 PM at American Legion Post 8 at 112 North Avenue.

Volunteers are needed for the night before and morning of to set up and serve at the Appreciation Breakfast at the Post. Volunteers are also needed for special duty in the wee hours of the morning to set up at Hudson Park-food concession and band shell. More help is needed mid morning at Memorial Plaza with ceremony and Parade Divisions.

Early on Memorial Day we will be placing flags at the cemetary.

For more information contact:

Peter Parente
devildogpete AT aol DOT com

BUDGET WAR: Jewish Parochial School Families Organize to Defeat Budget with Inequitable Transportation Cuts

May 07, 2010 - 17:04

org-liar.jpgSchools Superintendent Richard Organisciak is rallying his forces -- the Teachers Union and the PTA -- to fight back. In an e-mail sent out to the head of the teachers union and the PTA, Organisciak has called on Valerie Orellana (Co-President New Rochelle PTA Council, 2010 Candidate for Board of Education) and Marty Daly (Co-President New Rochelle PTA Council, President of F.U.S.E. ("teachers union")) to contact their "various constituencies" to galvanize the troops in response to the threat posted by families from the Young Israel Temple who showed up enmasse to express their disapproval of the proposed cuts in transportation for private and parochial school students.

From: Richard ORGANISCIAK [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 2:06 PM
To: Orellana, Valerie; Martin Daly
Subject: Fwd: Vote No Website

Sadly, the private and parochial school interests seem determined to defeat the budget over the busing issues. Please inform your various constituencies of this effort.

Rich Organisciak

>>> Maggie Skau 5/5/2010 1:54 PM >>>
A Vote No Website targeting the school district was recently created.

Conferencia Voces Latinas - Sab 15 de mayo en la Escuela Columbus

May 06, 2010 - 15:41

2010 Conferencia de Voces Latinas
“Saber Es Poder”
Forma de Pre-inscripción
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Ciudad: _______________ Estado: ______________ Código Postal: __________________
#Telefónico: ________________ Correo Electrónico: ___________________________________
**Habrá Cuidado para Niños de 4 años de edad a 10 años de edad!
Niños Que Van Asistir:
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